Thalassocyon is a rare genus of fig shells (Ficidae; Gastropoda) that inhabits the Southern Hemisphere, found only in deep waters (up to 3000 m; 10,000 feet) off the coast of South Africa, New Zealand, and Amsterdam Island. Thalassocyon includes between 1-3 species, for which the synonymy is unclear (Warén and Bouchet 1990 and Riedel 2000, as cited in Vos 2013). Its sister genus, Ficus, has 10 species, and is the only other genus in the family.
(Beu 1969; Neo 2010; Vos 2013)
- Beu, A. G. 1969. The gastropod genus Thalassocyon Barnard, 1960. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 3(3): 445-452. DOI:10.1080/00288330.1969.9515309. Available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00288330.1969.9515309.
- Neo, M.L. 2010. The taxonomic status of fig shells, with notes on Ficus variegata (Roding, 1798)(Mollusca: Gastropoda: Ficoidea: Ficidae). Nature in Singapore 3: 117-123. Retrieved online from http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/nis/bulletin2010/2010nis117-123.pdf.
- Vos, C. (2013). Thalassocyon tui Dell, 1967. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=447829 on 2013-10-21.
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